Matthew Hetz, a Los Angeles native, began piano lessons at age 16 whose primary teachers were Marlene Kendall and Howard Weisel, both students of Jakob Gimpel. He began playing the violin at age 23-he is primarily self-taught. Hetz studied composition with former NACUSA President Marshall Bialovsky at California State University at Dominguez Hills, from which he graduated Cum Laude.
His works have been performed throughout Los Angeles and nationwide, including Hetz performing his piano works at NACUSA concerts at Hollywood Piano Company, Burbank; and Steinway Piano Gallery, Beverly Hills.
In July, 2020 Parma Records, and cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, presented Hetz’s “Elegy for Solo Cello” in their MOTO VIRTUO virtual concerts.
Hetz is an instructor at Emeritus/Santa Monica College. He is past president/executive director of the Culver City Symphony Orchestra/Marina del Rey Symphony, and also plays violin in the orchestras. He is an environmental and mass transit advocate.